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How Does an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System Boost Productivity?

By Cynthia Hood  |  29 January 2014

 

ehrOwing to the ever-increasing influence of technology in most everyday processes, electronic media are becoming more widely used every day. Within the medical sector, many physicians are choosing to transfer from paper-based record keeping systems to EHRs. Apart from being indestructible and easy to manage, there are many other advantages to EHR systems that make them capable of boosting productivity and accuracy in record-keeping. Some of the most significant benefits of choosing electronic records over paper include the minimization of human error as well as a more cost-effective approach to data management.

 

EHRs and Productivity

Compared to paper records, EHRs are significantly faster, more accurate and can be accessed from virtually anywhere, provided there is internet access. When you train your staff to handle EHR systems, the expectation is to have them working more efficiently. EHR systems come with a wide range of features that can help streamline certain processes such as care documentation, medication administration and recording of financial data. They can also make physician and staff workflows more efficient by reducing costs for transcriptions through their speech recognition capabilities.

 

Fewer Errors and Quicker Results

EHRs can generate prescriptions, documentation notes, and many other medical documents in a matter of minutes. They can also eliminate the risk of losing or misplacing charts, which are common problems with paper based records. Billing automation and accurate coding are other ways an EHR system can increase your productivity, by eliminating billing errors and sorting through rejected claims accurately. With automated reminders, an EHR can greatly reduce the number of errors caused by oversight, misplacement or erroneous records in paper based systems.

 

Efficient Workflow Within the Facility

EHR systems can now be optimized for access through smartphones, laptops and tablet PCs. With mobile access to the system, physicians can now access and document resident information instantly from wherever they are. Intra-office communication is faster and more efficient with an EHR system. Some systems can also give your practice the ability to track your patients inside the facility, making it easier for you to reach them when necessary.

 

The ad-hoc reporting tools available with the latest models of EHRs facilitate quicker communication inside the facility. These systems also allow administrators a quick view of the performance of your practice with their dashboards feature.

 

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